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This was bought for my daughter when she was 6 months old. It's a perfect beginner book for babies Each page is about 15cm by 15 cm, so it's a nice size for little ones to hold. It's a board book, so not easily damaged - even after chewing by teething babies!
Each double page has a small amount of text - about 6 - 10 words and has a character on one side - like a frog, a sun and a mouse and on the other side a mirror as the characters face, so when your child looks into it, it looks like they are the mouse/frog/sun etc.
The book is very entertaining for babies as it asks you to do things, likes opening your eyes wide, saying cheese, sticking your tongue out, blowing, making silly faces and playing peekaboo.
All these activites mean that the book seems a little different each time you read it, so from a parents point of view it doesn't get boring - even when you're reading it every night for a month!
The full retail price of around £4.99 is in my opinion a little expensive for what it is, but I have seen it cheaper than this - around £3 and think that's much more reasonable.
We are now using this book with my 9 month old son, the mirrors are still intact and despite extensive use it still looks almost new, so it's wearing well.
A sweet little book for babies
My son was given this book when he was around 5 months old. He already had a few Baby Einstein books and a DVD so I was quite confident he would enjoy it.
'Mirror Me' is a 12 page board book. On the left of each double page is one of the Baby Einstein characters such as a mouse and a monkey. Next to the picture is a simple sentence saying what the character is doing e.g - opening their eyes wide, sticking out their tongue or playing peek-a-boo. On the opposite page the picture of the character is repeated. However this time there is a round mirror in place of the character's face in order to encourage the child to repeat the action. Because of the material the mirror is made from (obviously not glass!) the reflection is slightly wobbly, however that has never bothered my son. He can still see himself clearly in it and can see if he is copying the expression of the animals.
My son loved this book straight away. The characters are big and colourful and all have friendly looking faces. The text is large and bold. Obviously at the age the book is aimed at, the child won't be reading the text themselves. However, I feel having big text does draw the child's attention to it and does help them to gradually realise that the funny black squiggles on the page are what is being read to them. From my son being a very young age I pointed to the words as I read them to him. Now at 2 years old, he points to the words as I read. Not the right words of course, but it shows he is understanding the concept of reading.
I would say this book is aimed at very young children, from around a few months of age onwards. Even babies of a few months old will enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror. As they get older they can try to imitate the actions that the animals are doing and admire their own efforts in the mirrors on each page. It is a fun interactive book that encourages participation. My son particularly enjoyed it when I pulled the silly faces first! He is now 2 years old and still enjoys this book but it doesn't hold his interest for as long as it used to. I don't think this is a flaw in the book, just a sign that my son is getting too old for it as it really is intended as a baby book.
'Mirror Me' is sturdy and hard wearing. Despite being chewed and thrown all over for nearly 2 years, there are very few marks on it. The pages are very thick which makes it impossible for an over zealous child to rip them.
It is currently priced at just over £3 on Amazon.
This book is made by the Baby Einstein people, sold under the "educate your baby and make him super-intelligent" ethos. But it is lovely, nonetheless!
I was given it as a present for baby number 3, at the point when I thought I'd seen all the different types of baby books out there and really didn't need any more.
It's a strong board book. Each page has an animal on the left (or the sun, on one page). The drawings are simple and bright. The animal is doing some basic action - sticking out its tongue, making a silly face, playing peekaboo. On the right-hand page, there is the same drawing, but instead of the animal's face there is a mirror.The mirror is quite large - about the size of the bottom of a mug. The words on this page are something to encourage the baby to do the action. For example on the peekaboo page, the words are "There you are".
There are six double pages, which is plenty long enough for a small baby who is just getting into books. The text is not too formulaic, which is nice. It is different on every page, while still retaining the concept. It is easy for a parent to read and copy the facial expressions for each page, so there is lots of interaction between parent, baby, and book. The pictures and the mirror do grab the baby's attention which is good if your child is just starting to understand what books are for.
There is no story as such, but you don't need that at this age.
The blurb on the back says that the book is supposed to teach children the different parts of their face. Perhaps it does. My baby loves to grab the book and peer at himself. He also likes to lick the mirrors for some reason - so maybe this book is not one that you should borrow from the library!
It costs about £5.
This is one of a series of baby board books from the baby einstein company (lack of capitals is their idea not mine). The main feature of this book is a mirror which is incorporated into every second page. The book is host to an array of colourful caricature animals, each of which performs an action which the reader is then expected to perform for the mirror. The book begins with Bard, a spectacle wearing lizard, who 'can open his eyes wide'. The reader, or child being read to, is then encouraged by the word 'wow' to do the same in the mirror. Other characters include Webster the sunny smile who gets us to say "cheese" in the mirror, the Frog with his long, pink tongue (can you guess what you should do in his mirror??!!), the cow that puffs his cheeks full of air, the monkey that makes a silly face and the mouse playing peekaboo.
The book design is very simple. Only one line of text per page and very simple illustrations containing only 3 or 4 blocks of colour. There is no story as such, but the use of mirrors enables a young child to become familiar with their own facial features. In this way the baby will develop self awareness and a concept of self as being distinct from his/her environment. All essential aspects of development and an area that baby einstein excels at.
My 21 month old son is only just beginning to enjoy this book. Until fairly recently he didn't understand that the reflected baby was him, but as he's getting older he now says his own name when he catches sight of his reflection. The book only holds his interest for 4 or 5 minutes at a time, but it is one that he returns to day after day. So far the mirrors have held up to being thrown about and having cars dragged across them. There is a little pitting on the surface of one of the mirrors and a scratch across another, but the damage is minimal and does not effect the use of the book.
The recommended retail price is £4.99. I got ours from mothercare and am happy with the price I paid.
On each page of this book some creature is pulling a face opposite a mirror into which you/your baby are encouraged to pull the same face. For example, on the first page there is a lizard called Bard who can open his eyes wide. Facing is the same picture but with Bards face replaced by a mirror and the word WOW! above it. My daughter likes to laugh at me pulling the faces rather than make them herself, which is why I do find this book a bit of a chore at times. It involves a bit of a facial work out and when you are requested to read it over and over it can cause a bit of face ache. The mirrors are made of card, obviously, which means they are a bit distorted. I wonder if children who have these books have a bit of a distorted view of what they look like?
Some of the text is a bit strange. Why is the sun named Webster? And why does the cow puff his cheeks full of air? My daughter does like this book and likes sticking her face up against the mirrors. She has had a few giggles with it, but I think there are better books in the baby einstein series.
The blurb on the back says this is aimed at ages 9 months and up, although this is one I bought before my baby was born and I have read it and looked at the pictures with her since she was a tiny baby.
This is board book. It has 12 pages and is published by Scholastic (15 Aug 2003). RRP £4.99, Currently available for £3.44 new on Amazon.
Book Series: Baby Einstein